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This is an incredible opportunity to run a new Summer of Solutions or Local Initiative with Grand Aspirations next year.  If the deadline snuck up on you, you are in luck, because it has been extended to Monday, November 12th!  If you are busy organizing for the election, you’ll still have a week to get your application together after the big day.  Please see below for details on how to apply!

Also, Grand Aspirations has free one-on-one support available to young people in the Midwest working on green economy projects. I have personally worked a lot with their Midwest Regional Coordinator, Ruby Levine, and she is an amazing resource!  Learn more here: http://grandaspirations.org/midwest-support/
Here’s what running a program means:

Summer of Solutions
is a leadership development experience for young people ages 14-30 to build justicecommunitysustainability, andprosperity.

  1. Summer of Solutions programs take on a variety of projects, including but not limited to founding businesses, launching farms, running summer camps, conducting listening projects, and partnering with local residents, nonprofits, and governments.
  2. Realms of work for programs in the past have included energy efficiency, clean energy, local food, sustainable transit, green manufacturing, community empowerment, alternative education, and economic justice.
  3. All Summer of Solutions programs share a focus on empowering young people to be leaders in a just, green economy.
  4. Summer of Solutions programs take place between June and August and are usually between 7-10 weeks long. The planning process begins in late October.

Local Initiatives of Grand Aspirations are new this year.The structure of Local Initiatives is designed to provide the same support and network to year-round green economy work that Summer of Solutions get for summer-focused work.
Local Initiatives may include an element of leadership development, but do not have to.
There is a ton of room for creativity and innovation in what Local Initiatives look like! We are testing Local Initiatives as a pilot this year and we want you to join us.
More information can be found on our blog here.
To run a Summer of Solutions program or Local Initiative in the coming year, please apply by November 12th. You can apply here to run a new Summer of Solutions, join an existing Summer of Solutions, or start a new Local Initiative. There is limited funding available to pay stipends to program leaders of both Local Initiatives and Summer of Solutions programs. Contact Ruby Levine (ruby.levine@gmail.com) (or me!) with any questions.

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Department:  Conservation, Beyond Coal Campaign
Reports To: Regional Campaign Director, Eastern Region
Context: Plans and implements the strategies and activities of the Beyond Coal Campaign at the state level in the assigned state(s).

Scope: The Campaign Representative is responsible for the planning, coordination and implementation of the Beyond Coal Campaign strategies and activities in New England and as assigned. Collaborates with and coordinates the Campaign’s activities with the state Chapter(s), volunteers and appropriate staffing resources. Develops strategies, implements state level work plans, communicates priorities and benchmarks, provides leadership, promotes participation and reports on campaign effectiveness. Represents the Sierra Club to government officials, the media, business and community leaders, allies and other organizations, and the public.
Job Activities:
1.  Plans and carries out activities for the Beyond Coal campaign. Participates in the development of a strategic campaign plan, goals and objectives, for New England. Implements the state level aspects of a strategic campaign. Collaborates with Sierra Club’s Environmental Law Program, Chapters, Communications Department, Organizing and Online Organizing Capacities, Political Team, Sierra Student Coalition, Sierra Club’s programs (including but not limited to Environmental Justice, Labor, Partnerships), and volunteer leadership to ensure the execution of a state-based campaign to move the state(s) off of coal to renewable energy and energy efficiency.
2.  Provides professional expertise, guides and supports staff and volunteers. Provides conservation training and motivation to staff and volunteers.
3.  Works to develop and ensure that volunteers assume meaningful roles in the program/campaign.
4.  Coordinates media outreach activities related to the campaign/program. Serves as Sierra Club spokesperson to media outlets and promotes volunteer media exposure.
5.  Writes, edits, and reviews educational and advocacy materials.
6.  Represents the Sierra Club to the general public and to strategic allies.
7.  Assists with donor communications, cultivation and solicitation under the direction of senior Coal Campaign and Advancement staff.
8.  Reports on progress toward established goals and the effectiveness of campaign strategies.
9.  Introduces creative ideas and approaches for consideration.
10.  Handles miscellaneous projects and duties as assigned.

Knowledge & Skills:
– B.A./B.S. degree in an environmental or related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
– At least 3 years experience in the planning and implementation of campaigns, which includes strategy, organizing, media relations and contacts with political and business leaders.
– Expert knowledge of energy solution issues. Knowledge of renewable energy industry and economics.
– Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking and media presentation ability.
– Demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers.
– Valid driver’s license, satisfactory driving record, and proof of auto insurance required.

This position is represented by a collective bargaining unit and is subject to the terms and conditions of the contract between Sierra Club and John Muir Local.
The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 6 non-exempt position.
Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.
Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
*If you are applying for more than one position with us, please attach your job-specific cover letters in the ‘Attachments’ section.
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Brief overview: For four decades, the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) plays a pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management, both domestically and internationally. 
Position: ELI seeks individuals to support the research and publications departments of the Institute. Interns work directly with staff attorneys, editors, scientists, and economists on a variety of projects. Substantive areas of focus include: land use policy, public participation in environmental regulation, biodiversity, air quality, public health, hazardous waste and brownfields, wetlands and watershed policy, international environmental policy, armed conflict and the environment, environmental management systems, and environmental enforcement.
Interns conduct library and internet research, attend and repord on outside events, analyze, edit, and synthesize scholarly material, assist with preparation for environmental training courses, and perform various administrative tasks. ELI integrates interns into the day-to-day operations of the institute, and interns are encouraged to attend ELI policy events and meetings.
Positions throughout the academic year (min 15 hr/week) and summer (full-time)
Superior research, writing, and interpersonal communication skills
Strong desire to gain knowledge of the environmental field
Strong academic background, specific environmental experience not mandatory
Must have completed freshman year of college
To apply, please send a cover letter explaining interest and availability, resume (include overall GPA), and 3-5 page analytical writing sample to:
Intern Coordinator
Environmental Law Institute
2000 L Street, NW, Suite 620
Washington, D.C. 20036

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My name is Donnie Walters and I work for Grassroots Campaigns, a progressive organizing group and I am currently hiring graduating seniors to run campaign offices for us this summer.   I am really excited to have the opportunity to hire so many great recent graduates to work with us after graduation and Wellesley students are among the best I recruit from.  The work that we are doing across the country builds support, increases membership, and raises funds for some of the top progressive issues – based organizations in the country.

First, thank you for agreeing to send this out to your students.  People can apply by contacting me directly at dwalters@grassrootscampaigns.com or by going online to our website http://www.grassrootscampaigns.com/ – either way is great!

Donald Walters
Canvass Director
[ mailto:dwalters@grassrootscampaigns.com ]dwalters@grassrootscampaigns.com
[ tel:617-338-7882 ]617-338-7882

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